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Readers make decisions or form opinions based on information they have read. When readers make an inference or draw a conclusion, they try to figure out something by using clues from the text and what they know from previous experiences. The conclusion is reached after thinking about details and facts from the selection. Thoughtful readers synthesize and evaluate information based on prior knowledge (what experiences they bring to the text). Readers examine an author’s conclusion and evaluate the support details. Readers collect and question details in order to draw conclusions or evaluate conclusions written by the author. Students are invited to go beyond the literal meaning of text to derive interpretative meanings.

Questions that help students make inferences and draw conclusions:

  • What conclusions can be made based on the details and facts described in the selection?
  • Do the facts add up? How do you know the facts are accurate?
  • What evidence does the author provide to support the decision to...?
  • What facts led to the author’s conclusions?
  • What facts/details support the author’s conclusions?
  • What facts were revealed by the following clues…?
  • What clues led to your conclusion?

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